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The future Russian super-interceptor MiG-41 is entering the development phase

The new Russian long-range interceptor of the next generation has entered the development phase at Mikoyan Gurevich (MiG). Although the project responds to the Russian acronym for PAK DT, it will be better known as the MiG-41, which clearly indicates that it will replace the current MiG-31.

In 2013 it was reported that the MiG Design Bureau was preparing to develop a new fighter, a long-range interceptor to replace the MiG-31 or Foxhound in NATO terminology, a son of War. Fra, carried out in the 1970s thanks to its speed of Mach 2.7 (3,250 km / h) counteracted its then North American enemies such as the SR-71 Blackbird spy aircraft, the FB-111 bombers and long-range cruise missiles. Another key to the MiG-31 is its size, which allows a high level of autonomy, but de facto destroys its ability to engage in close combat against other fighters, so it is not an export product, just Russia and the neighboring republic of Kazakhstan, which it inherited from the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).

Little is known about the program of the new interceptor in those years until the Rostec company reported at the end of January: “The development of the next generation of interceptors has already begun. The aviation complex project, prospect of a long range interception or PAK DP (Perspektivny aviatsionny kompleks dal ‘nego perekhvata) under the signature MiG-41 is in the development phase. “

As announced in July 2020 by the CEO of the MiG aviation group Ili Tarsenko, the PAK DP will be created on the basis of the MiG-31 fighter, but will surpass its predecessor in technical and technical terms. If the MiG-31 can accelerate to Mach 2.8, the top speed of the MiG-41 is in the Mach 4-4.3 hairpin. The new fighter will also arm itself with next-generation long-range missiles and not only be able to shoot down planes and cruise missiles, but also soar into nearby space and destroy enemy satellites in lower orbits.

In addition, it is made using stealth technologies developed over those currently used on the Sukhoi Su-57, a 5th generation fighter, although the new MiG-41 will be a 6th generation device, according to Tarsenko becomes. Likewise, to carry the most modern developments in air-to-air / space and air-to-ground long-range missiles, which allow it to multiply its great autonomy to defend the gigantic Russian Federation (it has 17,125,191 km / 2 )) and its territorial waters.

While waiting for the MiG-41, it was decided to modernize part of the MiG-31 still in service, both at the Aerospace Forces or VKS (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily) (approx. 250 aircraft) and at the Russian Navy Aviation (30)., Avionics, Fire Prevention, and Data Link System Improvement. In addition, some of these aircraft can now fire the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (dagger) hypersonic ballistic missile, which carries a 500 kilogram warhead (nuclear or conventional).

The success of the PAK-DP is very important for the MiG, as it could help the company to rise, as it lags far behind Sukhoi on the export side. In fact, in recent years only aircraft (especially the MIG-29 model) that Moscow ceded to the Syrian Air Force and the Libyan National Army have been exported. (Julio Maz Sanz)

Photo: Digital picture of what the MiG-41 could look like.

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